CTMH Australasian Hawthorn Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Hawthorn Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Lauren’s CTMH Craftings then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Featured collection “Hawthorn”.

One thing that I love about being a Close To My Heart consultant is the sharing nature of my fellow consultants. Each month I got to a consultant training day in Melbourne where we come together and share ideas that we can use with our customers and for our own crafting. So my first two layouts have come from one of these days.

Layout 1 – this layout was designed by my friend Paula and then I’ve added my own bits to it when it came to the title etc. It features the Hawthorn papers mixed with Kraft Cardstock. Kraft is an often forgotten cardstock in our range. I love how it creates a textured look quickly and easily to a project. It matches in beautifully with the Hawthorn colour palette.

The patterned paper strips (9 of them) are 1 1/2″ x 7″ each. The leaf stamps have come from the Hawthorn Scrapbooking Stamp Set. And the heading has been cut in white cardstock using the Alpha Thin Cuts. Overall this is a quick and easy way to use strips of patterned prints that you may not like in larger pieces. Whilst I love the patterns in this Hawthorn Paper collection =, others may not feel the same.

Layout 2: This layout was created using the same 9 paper strips as the previous layout and I presented it to my workshop ladies as an alternative way to use the strips. So I cut them into 1 1/2″ squares and then into triangles. My friend Paula had done a similar layout and the current Spooktacular Promotion uses the same style layout as well in the Halloween papers.

You could easily change up the right hand page to be what ever you like, or with additional patterned papers make it more a mirror of the left page. This time around I used the Hawthorn Stickers from the Paper pack with stickers. And the small word strips are cut from a zip strip that I cut off one of the pieces of Hawthorn paper.

These next layouts were from designs by my Manager Chris and again I changed them up to suit my photographs.

Layout 3:

On this layout I used the Layered Leaves thin cuts and also the Stitched circle thin cuts. I also added in some of the beautiful butterflies and vellums from the Every Day Life Collection. The title was cut on the Cricut.

Layout 4: The below layout again uses those Thin Cut leaves, Stitch Circle Thin Cuts and Cricut cut title. Plus the Sunflower Sympathy stamp set.

For those that would like a bit more pre-preperation in the kits they purchase then the below Hawthorn Scrapbooking Workshop or Cardmaking Kit might be options for you.

The above Hawthorn Scrapbooking Workshop Kit can be yours for just $58.50. The Cardmaking Kit is $62. The paper packs can be purchased with or without stickers and of course the matching compliments are available too.

This exclusive “Hawthorn Paper Collection” and the Every Little Thing items shown above are only available until the end of October, while stocks last.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen’s Blog.

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CTMH Australasian October Stamp of The Month “Autumn Air” Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our October Stamp Of The Month “Autumn Air” Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. We are a select little group this month, but I hope you enjoy it all the same.

If you have arrived here from Doris’ Blog then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s October Stamp of the Month – “Autumn Air”.

For us Australian’s this is a challenging stamp set, as we don’t as excited about Fall as our Northern Hemisphere CTMH sisters. And it’s also not Autumn for us at this time of year. In preparation for this post I went searching through photos looking for images that screamed Autumn to me. To no avail.

So instead I start to look at the icons and also the words. I’m never one who is afraid to cut up my stamp set to get the pieces that I want out of a stamp and I can see great potential in the little connecting phrases between the key words. And with the addition of some alpha stamps I can see headings like “Love is in the air”, “And just like that Love turned into Marriage”, “I love You most of all“.

I also really love leaves. They are such a versatile picture and when paired with October’s featured paper collection Hawthorn, it’s a great mix.

From the stamp set I’ve used the squares border stamp in Paprika Exclusive Ink Pad onto Paprika cardstock. The topographic map strip is a zip strip piece from the Hawthorn Paper packet, along with the Saffron pattern in the background.

Combine these with Kraft cardstock and it’s a wonderful mix. I stamped the leaves also onto Kraft and fussy cut, then raised on foam tape. Because Kraft is a very absorbent cardstock I choose to use the Intense Black Exclusive Ink, to create a dark as possible stamped image.

The hexagon is a wooden shape from the Hawthorn Wooden Shapes.

This layout could easily have the word “fall” replaced with ‘Autumn’ or even ‘love’.

This exclusive “Autumn Air” Stamp of The Month is only available during October. It can be yours for just $9 with a qualifying order of $88 or for $34 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren’s CTMH Craftings.

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CTMH Australasian September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our September “Random Act of Cardness” Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Lauren’s CTMH Crafting Blog then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

September is an exciting month as it National Stamping Month and it’s also the release of our NEW Core and Seasonal catalogues. Yay.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s July Stamp of the Month.

Using my favourite colours of inks (on this particular day it was Pixie, Raspberry, Nectarine, Clover, Bluebird,and the NEW Wisteria) I stamped the white background piece on the diagonal. Then matted it on the NEW Black cardstock that doesn’t show finger prints. I added a dovetailed piece under the sentiment which was stamped in Bluebird. I outlined with the NEW Journaling Pen to frame the sentiment and anchor it more to the card. Of course a few bits of 3D foam tape for dimension and some NEW Julep sequins to finish it off.

This exclusive “Random Act of Cardness” Stamp of The Month is only available during September. It can be yours for just $8.25 with a qualifying order of $82.50 or for $29.50 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

Before leaving you I’d like to share some other creations using another special of the month – “Share the Seasons”. This set has an exclusive double stamp set (only available in September) and a matching thin cut die to make some beautiful multi window fronts for cards or pages. The thin cut is available in the NEW Core Catalogue.

The above card, tags and wreath were inspire by one of the ladies in my Scrappy Chicks Team – Jasminka Tomkinson. I have to admit that I copied her designs and created my own versions in the colours that suited me. The little icons have been coloured in with our NEW Tri-Blend Markers.

You can get the complete Share the Seasons bundle of stamps and die cuts for $66. Or the parts are available separately. You can order from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Shauna’s Passionate About Pages Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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CTMH Australasian “Craft On” Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our “Craft On” Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 


If you have arrived here from Doreen’s Blog then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Featured collection “Craft On”.

This layout was Pintrest Inspired. It is so much fun to grab and idea and then create it with our beautiful CTMH products. There is so much in our range that we really can create virtual any idea.

I was using up the scraps of papers – the bulk of the papers here are 1″ x 3″ pieces stuck onto a backing sheet (in this case black). In the left page – the top right emerald green section is actually made up of sticker strips (see the details photo below for a closer look). Yes the papers you use can be from a variety of paper ranges, to suit your photos, and you can add in plain cardstock as well (see the raspberry pieces). The other beauty of this is that it will suit any photo size. You just cut the mats to match your photos.

Then all you need to add is embellishments.

I’ve used a mix of images from the cut aprt page in the paper pack, stickers and chipboards from the compliments pack and also some of the rubber shapes. These have all been layer together in clusters. In places I’ve raised things such as the centre of flowers with 3D foam dots to give more dimension. The camera chipboard I covered in Liquid Glass to give it an extra shiny look. I used the rubber crowns to highlight the birthday girl in all her face pulling glory…. haha…

Pro Tip – stick the rubber shapes down with either glue dots or liquid glass.

Once this is in the page protectors I plan to add some flip flaps to add extra photos. I shall be “hiding the face pulling” with the more “sensible” party photo, and on the right page I’ve got more photos and journalling to add into the flip flap I’ll add over the 6×4 photo.

This exclusive Craft On Paper Collection is only available until the end of August.

In this collection you will find a paper suite, matching compliments, some very cute rubber shapes, themed stamps and die cuts, pocket scrapbooking cards even colourful sequins.

This Workshop Your Way collection can be yours for just $58.50. This and individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant.

If you love this paper pack you may also enjoy the mini album kit that is available for August. You can also download the instructions for this to create with other papers if you wish. It’s FREE to down load from a CTMH consultant website during August.

And don’t forget with a purchase of $82.50 you can grab the awesome August Stamp Of The Month for $8.25.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here. You can also follow this link to get the free mini album instructions.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Shauna’s Blog – Passionate About Pages.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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CTMH Australasian August Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our August Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Shauna’s Blog then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s August Stamp of the Month – “From Me To You”.

I have to be honest and say when it came to making this card I picked up the scraps – yes that’s all I had left of the Craft On Papers (the Close To My Heart Featured Paper pack for August) after making lots of scrapbook layouts – you can see some of these in a blog post later in the month.

So I headed to my trusted “Make It From Your Heart” How To Guide – Volume 4. And I decided that I wanted to play with a water colour technique that I’d seen in the official Close To My Heart Blog the other week.

This technique involved painting the water colour paint onto my CTMH All Purpose Mat – this mat is a not stick (and also heat resistant). The non-stick surface causes the paint to bead. I then placed the front of my card base directly onto this beading watercolour paint.

Watercolour paints dry quickly. So with my Journaling Pen I drew a line boarder around the edges. I created a variety of flag sizes and stuck them down. The green spotty strip was a sticker from the Craft On Compliments, as was the peg. The two flower embellishments came from the Craft On Rubber Shapes. The later I stuck down with Glue Dots (liquid glass would also work well).

When I stamped the writing – I deliberately double stamped it to get a shadow look. I stamped using Intense Black Exclusive Ink. This is my favourite black ink as it’s a rich black and cleans off the stamps well. It’s also good if you want to add extra water colour paint or colour over it with alcohol markers.

This exclusive “From Me To You” Stamp of The Month is only available during August. It can be yours for just $8.25 with a qualifying order of $82.50 or for $29.50 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop which is Doreen’s Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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CTMH Australasian July Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our July Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Shauna’s Blog then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s July Stamp of the Month.

This cute card is very easy to create. My friend Alison showed me a stamping technique using an eraser from the end of a pencil and dipping it into your ink pad and then first, second, third and even fourth generation stamping it. At times I added clear shimmer brush ink into the ink mix as well.

For the centre of this card I cut it out using one of our Heart Thin Cuts out of the inside cut out from the large Rectangle Stitched Thin Cut. The I used my pencil eraser and some Candy Apple Ink to create the imperect dots around the heart.

The cute Mumma bear and her cub are stamped onto a second piece of cardstock and placed behind the heart. This piece has then been raised off the card base with 3D foam. The sequins came from the Craft On Sequin pack.

Another way to do this technique is to use a heart cut out as a mask and the “stamp” the dots around the heart. In the card bellow I again got excited with the sequins from the Craft On pack, using a variety of the different blues.

This exclusive Stamp of The Month is only available during July. It can be yours for just $8.25 with a qualifying order of $82.50 or for $29.50 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Kara’s Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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True Love Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our True Love Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from
Doris’ Blog then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s True Love Featured collection.

This layout was inspired by the “Make It From Your Heart” how-to-book. Vol 3. Pattern 13.

This layout was created with the left overs I had after making up the Workshop Your Way Kits. I love to make up the layouts in both the standard and deluxe kit. Plus I make the card kit as well. And then I have fun playing with the left overs to see what extra I can create.

And I almost always turn to one of the how-to books for inspiration. With this pattern I turned the left hand layout 90 degrees to the left so that I could have my stripes all going the same way – I had two pieces of striped paper left but going in different directions. And the pattern called for 5×12″ pieces of paper where I’ve put the stripes, but I only have 4×12″. Don’t ever feel that you need to follow a pattern exactly. They are guide, an inspiration source.

So this is a mix of papers, compliments and the cut apart sheet. I’ve stuck stickers together to make new flower clusters. Cut others apart to make two halves to spread under the title. Plus added gold glitter gems. After all, you always need glitter right? Right!

This exclusive True Love Product Collection  is only available until the end of August.

This Workshop Your Way collection can be yours for just $53.  Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here on my website.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen’s Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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CTMH Australasian June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our June Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Kara’s blog then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s June Stamp of the Month “It’s Your Time To Sparkle.

I’ve combine the June Stamp of the Month with the True Love paper collection. These match together perfectly. Both having that “love” theme running through them.

This exclusive June Stamp of the Month  is only available during June.

It can be yours for just $8.25 with a qualifying order of $82.50 or for $29.50 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here on my website.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren’s blog.

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Why I choose to Scrapbook?

Firstly, when I say Scrapbook I real mean be a memory documenter. Now you might say that you are documenting memories – Facebook, Insta, all those fun forms of social media.

But how do you share your memories with those that aren’t on those platforms? For example my children are too little for social media, but they still love to see their photos.

How do you preserve our memories for the generations to come? When the “normal” platforms of social media of now are outdated and replaced by other things.

So there are lots of ways you can document memories. The quickest and most simplest way is to do photo books. There are so many apps and programs out there online that you can use to do this.

I choose to scrapbook mine because I choose to add memorabilia, my handwriting etc. But also because the physical act of the “cut and stick” aspect of scrapbooking is totally cheaper than therapy to me. It is my time out and stress release.

Scrapbooking for me is a very social activity. Don’t get me wrong – I do scrapbook a lot at home by myself. But a lot of the time I do it with others. These people often start out as my customers with my CTMH business. But over time, as we’ve talk, looked at each others photos we’ve become friends. Others that were already my friends have got into scrapbooking because they see how much I enjoy.

During these “crafty” sessions we are always talking. Here is where it truely becomes cheaper than therapy. The women, and occasionally men, that I craft with are a huge sounding board for me. They come from lots of different walks of life, cultural backgrounds and generally all different life experiences. Someone will always have advice or just a sympathetic ear.

Only the other weekend my best friend decided to scrapbook about a crappy experience she’d had. She made an “arty layout”, so no photos, that expressed how she felt about the event. And then on the back, where no-one will see it, she wrote the entire story out. This layout may or may not stay in her album. But it certainly made her feel better.

I personally see my Scrapbooks as a Celebration of life’s achievements. The good and the bad. I’ve scrapbooked my miscarriages, the death of family and friends, weddings, births, and general day to day activities.

Later on when my great great grandchild looks at my albums they will be able to see all the details about my life, read all the important stories, and see all the “old fashioned” things we had “back then”.

Yes there is always the chance that my family later on, after I pass away, may decide not to keep my albums. But that is there choice. After all, I’ll be gone and won’t know.

The biggest thing is that I feel it is my responsibility to give them that choice. Because if I don’t document the memories now they will be lost forever once my memory is gone.

How ever you decide to document your memories, please I beg you, please get your photographs off your digital devices and into some sort of album, book, even a photo frame. Whilst we think digital devices are the be all and end all, they can fail, be lost, the file formats change and even deteriorate. Things just happen.

Plus once out in physical hard copy they are there to enjoy more often for everyone.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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CTMH Australasian Sweet Girl Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Sweet Girl Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Creating with Kara Davies then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Sweet Girl Featured collection.

This card has a concertina centre that allows you to add extra stamped images or setinments. And it’s a bit of a surprise when it’s opened.

This card is very simple to make. Using one of our CTMH card bases you will need a strip of patterned paper 4 1/4″ x 12″. If you have a direction pattern you need to decide which way your card orientated (landscape or portrait) to determine which way it should go.

The score along the long side at 3″, 4″, 5″, 6″, 7″, 8″, 9″. And then fold into a concertina. Alternating Valley and Mountain Folds. See my diagram below.

The squares are 1 3/4″ of cardstock with a 1 1/2″ square of White Daisy cardstock for the stamping. My stamping was done with the S1905 Best Friends May Stamp of the Month in Charcoal Ink. And the carefully coloured using watercolour pencils, with some gentle blending with the water brush.

This exclusive Sweet Girl Paper Collection is available until the end of August. Below are some art works made by our amazing CTMH Art Department.

The Sweet Girl Workshop Your Way collection can be yours for just $56.  There is also a Deluxe Workshop Kit for $81.50. Individual components, or even a card workshop, can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. These are pictured below.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here on my website.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen Watkin’s Blog. Happy Blog Hopping.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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